Is Voting For Obama Worth Losing Your Job?
8 months ago
If your boss threatened to fire you, would you vote differently?
During election years, political opponents and their supporters use all types of scare tactics to try and shift voters' opinions.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Daisy" commercial, in which a little girl picking flowers appeared to get hit with a nuclear bomb, was thought to be a deciding factor in his landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, who was in support of using nuclear weapons.
In 1988, George H. W. Bush used the weekend furlough of convict Willie Horton against his opponent Michael Dukakis, scaring voters into thinking that if Dukakis won the White House, prisoners would be let out on weekends to wreak more havoc on their lives.
Threats have always been a part of politics, but usually it is the candidates who are making them. Increasingly, however, there are more instances of some of the candidates' supporters actively engaging in the action.
On Sunday, NBC News reported that ASG Software Solutions CEO Arthur Allen sent an email to his roughly 1,000 employees pretty much telling them to vote for Mitt Romney -- or else.
[ALSO READ: Romney Urged Bosses to Threaten Jobs]
The email read:
We have been able to keep ASG an independent company while still growing our revenues and customers. But I can tell you, if the U.S. re-elects President Obama, our chances of staying independent are slim to none. If we fail as a nation to make the right choice on November 6th, and we lose our independence as a company, I don't want to hear any complaints regarding the fallout that will most likely come. [...] I believe that a new President and administration would give U.S. citizens and the world the renewed confidence and optimism we all need to get the global economies started again, and give ASG a chance to stay independent.
I am asking you to give us one more chance to stay independent by voting in a new President and administration on November 6th. Even then, we still might not be able to remain independent, but it will at least give us a chance. If we don't, that chance goes away. [...]
I apologize for writing such a blunt email, but for those of you who have known me for years and years, you know that this must be serious, and it is.
Just days prior, David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts, sent a similar email to people working for his company.
Parts of his email read: